Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes it will take far fewer points to win the title this season.
Manchester City broke the 100 point barrier to win the Premier League in 2018 and retained it with 98 points the following year while Liverpool were crowned champions with 99 last season.
But Lampard says all the title challengers will drop points along the way this season in a very unpredictable year as he also tried to play down Chelsea ’s chances.
Lampard said: “Everyone will feel that in their own mind and I think the level of points will be less and I think we have to try and make sure we maintain our levels to keep improving to stay in that.
“I think that’s just where we’re at this season, you’ve seen the results. We felt it first hand at the weekend at Everton. They’ve got good players, they invested in the squad, are well organised and made it difficult for us.
“Watching the games on Sunday, you saw that all over the place. The league is getting tighter for whatever reason.
“Teams are strengthening, they’re well organised and certainly I felt that our preparation into the season was slightly different so we see ourselves as a bit of a work in progress. We feel ourselves that we’ve already lost some points that we maybe shouldn’t have done.”
It could be seen as Lampard trying to play down expectation levels at Stamford Bridge to ease the pressure on himself and also his squad.
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They lost at Everton on Saturday, a 15 game unbeaten run stretching back to September finally surrendered at Goodison Park and now they face another tough test at Wolves.
But Lampard, who won tiles and trophies galore during his playing days at Chelsea, says they lack a few older heads who have a record of success.
Lampard added: “I’m not talking down my squad by saying that. Some of the similar people that are saying we’ve got the strongest squad and we can change players are the same sort of people that were saying the opposite before Southampton. So the tide has turned very quickly.
“The conversation is pretty irrelevant I suppose anyway because it’s only what we do on the pitch that matters, but I look around and see strong squads that have been winning things over the last few years that are very stable and we’ve got some new players that have come in.
“People maybe want to look at the price tag but some are young players who have come to play in this league for the first time and clearly need a bit of time, so there’s a lot of elements to the squad. I believe we will improve. We are improving and will continue to improve.
“But strong squads are only referred to when you win something. When I look around there are other strong squads, some that can have one of the best squads in the world sitting on the bench most games and have that back up and strong benches, and teams that have champions league winners on their benches. We’re not quite there at the moment and we hope to get there.”
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